Online Learning and Resources

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Online Learning

SAPMEA recognises that you cannot always find the time to attend our workshops, therefore our online learning and resources have been developed with you in mind.

Working with Military and Emergency Services and their families

Held on 14th August 2021

Presented by a passionate collection of experts from across Australia. Presentation topics and speakers are listed below:

4:21 - 35:18 Professor Miranda Van Hooff - Service populations – who is affected

35:18:59 – 1:09:59 Ms Karen May- Service populations – who is affected (continued)

1:17:13 – 1:53:59 LT COL Dr Jon Lane - Military and Emergency Service Culture as it relates to treatment

1:54:21 – 2:32:30 Dr Denise Keenan - Working with psychological issues in first responders

2:33:36 – 2:56:28 CDRE Dr Duncan Wallace

2:57:40 – 3:02:15 and continues from 3:30:51 - 4:06:55 Dr Nick Ford - Improving mental health assessment of military, veterans and Emergency Service personnel

(3:02:15 – 3:30:51 LUNCH)

4:07:17 - 4:41:23 - Ms Jacinta Brinsley - Exercise Physiology

4:41:30 - 5:12:07 - Matt Newlands - Lived Experience, health access and effective programs

This Seminar is for GPs and other health professionals to learn insights and experience in how to optimise mental health, wellbeing and function of current and former military and emergency services personnel. Proudly sponsored by Military and Emergency Services Health Australia (mesha.org.au).

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Managing mental health in military, veterans and emergency responders

Held on 8th July 2021

Proudly sponsored by Military and Emergency Services Health Australia (mesha.org.au) this workshop is for GPs providing care to military, veterans and/or emergency responders.

Learn about the unique challenges faced by this patient cohort, available support programs and new and developing resources.

Presented by: Dr Nick Ford, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Dept of Psychiatry, University of Adelaide & Matt Newlands, Lived Experience Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Program Coordinator, MESHA

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CVD risk assessment: from cholesterol screening to deprescribing statins

Held on 22nd June 2021

In this webinar Dr Justin Ardill (Cardiologist) investigates how to perform and interpret cholesterol screening and further clarify prescription of HMG-CoA Reductase inhibitors (statins) with reference to PBS guidelines. Timing and choice of appropriate investigations to reduce the risk of vascular events and deprescribing in patients with limited life expectancy is examined.

Learning outcomes:

  • Interpret cholesterol screening tests to assess cardiovascular disease risk.
  • Establish which investigation to choose, when and for which patient.
  • Examine how to prescribe statins to reduce the risk of vascular events
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Panel-led case discussion: Complex Depression and Suicide

Held on 3rd October 2020

This education session is a part of a series of webinars designed to be delivered as panel-led case discussions to promote peer learning. This session aims to unpack curly and complex COPD patient presentations and to give health professionals the chance to share and learn from the expertise and experience of peers and expert panellists.

Learning outcomes:

• Discuss the diagnosis Depression
• Discuss the treatment of depression
• Examine the referral pathways for a multi-disciplinary approach to depression


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Panel-led case discussions: Complex diabetes

Held on 8th October 2020

This education session is a part of a series of webinars designed to be delivered as panel-led case discussions to promote peer learning. These sessions aim to unpack curly and complex patient presentations and to give health professionals the chance to share and learn from the expertise and experience of peers and expert panellists.

Learning outcomes:

• Discuss the diagnosis Diabetes
• Discuss the treatment of Diabetes
• Examine the referral pathways for a multi-disciplinary approach to Diabetes

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Blinded by Sugar

Held on 1st October 2020

Blinded By Sugar - the toxic impact of sugar and the rise of type 2 diabetes.
This session tells the story of Neil Hansell, a man who woke one morning blind in both eyes due to neglect of his diabetes. In this confronting 20-minute keynote presentation, Dr Muecke discusses why type 2 diabetes is a growing worldwide epidemic and explores a number of strategies to curb the toxic impact of sugar on our health and on our world.

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Panel-led case discussion: The complex COPD patient

Held on 3rd September 2020

This education session is a part of a series of webinars designed to be delivered as panel-led case discussions to promote peer learning. This session aims to unpack curly and complex COPD patient presentations and to give health professionals the chance to share and learn from the expertise and experience of peers and expert panellists.

Learning outcomes:

•    Discuss the diagnosis COPD 
•    Discuss the treatment of COPD 
•    Examine the referral pathways for a multi-disciplinary approach to COPD 


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Depression and the use of alcohol and illicit drugs

Held on 16th July 2020
By the end of the education, GPs should feel more confident when identifying, communicating with and managing patients with mental health issues and substance use behaviours.

Learning outcomes:
Recognise the key characteristics of depression
Discuss the most appropriate harm minimisation response for people who have an addition to alcohol and other drugs
Describe the multidisciplinary treatment options available in South Australia for addiction and the appropriate referral process
Examine appropriate referrals for patients who use illicit drugs

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Domestic and Family Violence

Held on 14th July 2020
One of the darker side effects of Australia being in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic is the rise in the number of people ringing domestic violence help lines. People and families are under a financial pressure and are feeling the effects of separation from a support network.

Learning outcomes:
Identify signs and indications of abuse
• Discuss the nature, severity, and impact of domestic violence
• Discuss how to approach enquiring about domestic or family violence
• Identify resources and support for families effected by domestic violence

Please note: Due to technical issues this webinar is not recorded. However please find the powerpoint presentation available in the link below.

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Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

Held on 9th July 2020

Early screening, diagnosis and management of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is important to prevent or reduce complications. A variety of guidelines exists, which assist Nurses, Aboriginal Health Workers and Midwives in the screening, diagnosis and management of GDM. This webinar is intended to increase the knowledge and confidence in caring for woman with GDM.

Learning outcomes:
• Outline preconception counselling
• Evaluate early pregnancy testing and management
• Plan post-natal follow-up testing and management

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Immunisation Update - Webinar Recording

Held on 25th June 2020
All Immunisation Providers - GP's, Nurses and Pharmacists were invited to attend this Immunisation update. National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule changes are from 1 July 2020. There are changes to the immunisation schedule designed to improve protection against meningococcal and pneumococcal disease.

The changes are being implemented following recommendations from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and other clinical experts.
• Changes to the NIP meningococcal vaccination schedule.
• Changes to the NIP pneumococcal vaccination schedule.

Please note: Unfortunately, there were some sound issues at different times during the webinar. Please accept our apologies. To ensure providers do not miss the information, please click here to view Angela's points.

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Chronic Asthma in Children - Webinar Recording

Held on 18th June 2020
This webinar provides health professionals with clarity on the guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of paediatric asthma.

Learning outcomes:
• Analysing the symptoms and clinical features suggesting an asthma diagnosis
• Discussing a stepped approach to adjusting asthma medication in children
• Identifying systems in practices and prioritising areas of improving asthma management for children

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Medication Management - Webinar Recording

Held on 15th June 2020
This webinar was for general practice nurses, outlining diabetes pathophysiology, type 2 diabetes & diabetes pathway, managing glycaemia, medications in type 2 diabetes education and self-management, resources and case studies.

Learning outcomes:
• Describe the natural progression for type 2 diabetes
• Develop an appreciation of the range of type 2 diabetes medications
• Identify patient education needs based on the type 2 diabetes education pathway
• Describe the referral pathways for medication education and individualised action plans
• Self-appraise own scope of practice

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Time to Heal Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Webinar Recording

Held on 11th June 2020
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that may occur after a traumatic event. Most Australians have been exposed to a traumatic events that have the potential to cause PTSD or other mental health problems.

Learning outcomes:
• The assessment and management processes of people with PTSD
• The role of the GP in management of people with PTSD
• Identifying the referral pathways available for patients presenting with PTSD to ensure patient safety

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GP Management of Headaches - Webinar Recording

Held on 14th May 2020
This GP focused webinar presented by Dr. Zhuang BSc BMBS(Hons) FRACP Neurologist Flinders Medical Centre covered the examination of migraines, medication overuse, tension type headache, and cluster headache.

Learning outcomes:
• Examine the clinical features of migraine, medication overuse headache, tension type headache and cluster headache
• Identify options within general practice to manage the primary headache
• Recognise the appropriate referral pathways when red flags of secondary headaches are identified

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Dealing with Difficult Patients - Webinar Recording

Held on 28th April 2020
This webinar was created for frontline staff dealing with patients, either in person or over the phone, including receptionists, clerical staff in primary practice, pharmacy assistants and dispensary staff.

The webinar addresses effective communication and strategies for responding to difficult and anxious patients during this critical time including:

● Barriers to effective communication ● Risk Assessment ● Removing denial and making assumptions about personal safety ● Accountability ● Principles of cause and effect ● Focused imagery ● Methods of effective verbal and non-verbal communication ● Understanding the primal triggers of human behaviour ● Avoiding resistance

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The dilemma of polypharmacy in Dementia

The prevalence of dementia is raising as a result of an ageing population. Dementia is a common condition, on average, general practitioner in Australia will see three new cases each year. The general practitioner's role includes recognising early dementia, undertaking assessments to confirm the diagnosis and managing the disease. Prescribing for elderly patients with dementia can be challenging because of the changing needs associated with cognitive decline and related behavioural and psychological symptoms. Prescribing unnecessary or inappropriate medications in elderly patients with dementia may further contribute to their decline. Clinical decision-making regarding prescription medications for patients with dementia and with other co-existing health conditions need to balance the potential health benefits and risks.

Learning outcomes:

  • Discuss the diagnoses of dementia
  • Recognise the behavioural and psychological symptoms associated with dementia
  • Identify the risks of polypharmacy in a patient with dementia
  • Compare pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for patients with dementia
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The dilemma of polypharmacy in Dementia

Part 2

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SA Health 2020 Influenza Immunisation Program.

SA Health update on the 2020 Influenza Immunisation Program.

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The Immunisation Coalition Influenza Webinar.

The Immunisation Coalition produces educational webinars for GPs, Immunisation Nurses, Pharmacists and other immunisation providers.

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